50 Best Ways to Use Mason Jars

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Canning is making a big comeback. This requires mason jars, lots of mason jars! What do you do with all those jars when they aren’t being used for canning? Well, Country Living has an incredible list of things to do with unused jars. These projects are so cute & useful, you may find yourself scouring yard sales & thrift shops for more jars!

Mason Jars

24 Beautiful Blooming Houseplants

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Snow outside up to your windows? Are you wearing so many clothes that you can’t put your arms down? Are the only colors outside white, gray & more white? It must be winter!
Well, it may be cold & wintery outside but you can enjoy Spring inside when you add a selection of colorful plants to every room in your home. Not sure what plants to choose? The good folks at BHG offer you a bright selection of houseplants to fill your winter home with a breath of Spring. Enjoy!

13 Things To Do With Marshmallow PEEPS!

13 Things To Do With Marshmallow PEEPS!

You know I choose this article because I couldn’t resist the photo! I recently saw a photo of a dress covered in Peeps! I would eat my way through it before church was over on Easter! Then I would be a majorly sticky mess! Good Housekeeping has come up with ways to enjoy Peeps long after Easter. With all the different colors, I may need to try all 13 ideas! Enjoy!

Fun with Peeps

Create Your Own Candy Buffet

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I have seen Candy Buffets featured on websites & magazines as a fun ways to offer sweets to guests at weddings, showers, parties, etc. I wanted to make my own Candy Buffet but the jars were so expensive & BIG! So I decided to make my own smaller jars. The $ store had just what I needed to make a fun, colorful & sweet display for Easter & throughout the year!

Containers & Candlesticks

At the $ store, I browsed the vases & candleholders for an assortment of glassware. By mixing things up, I was able to make my display more interesting visually. I also bought candlesticks.

candlestick top

Be sure the edge or rim of your candlestick is fairly flat. I have a pair that are raised & they won’t fit flat on the bottom of the jar. These were flat enough to work great.

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I used glass cleaner to remove the price stickers, residual glue & to clean the glass. Make certain all your pieces are dry before beginning.

E6000

I use E6000 to epoxy my pieces together. I worked outside. If you must work inside, make sure the room is well ventilated. And NEVER leave it, even for a second, were kids can get into it!

Epoxy on candlestick

With E6000, you must put the epoxy on both piece & let them set for a few minutes before bonding the together. The tricky part was determining where to put it on the jar so there wouldn’t be extra all over the bottom.

Epoxy on jar

My solution was to position the candlestick (with the epoxy on it) on the bottom of the jar, then take them apart. If necessary, I add a bit more epoxy to the jar & candlestick where there are bare spots. I then give it a few minutes to set up.

Jars drying

Then I put the candlesticks on the jars & let them set. They should set overnight but it was really dry & hot here when I made these so they were ready in an hour or so.

More drying jars

Now to fill the jars!

Some jars I filled with candy. But for others, I added $ store moss (it only took one bag), small nests, colorful fake eggs, a bunny & even a Christmas ornament I saved that is shaped like a cross! I pushed the moss down in front & up in back so the nests would be at an angle. This way they were more visible through the glass.

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Cross jar

I already had this large candleholder. You can often find great jars like this at the thrift store!

A few other pieces

vintage blocks

I added some of my handmade vintage blocks from my gift shop to the display.

place card holder

I thought this doorknob shaped place card holder from my shop looked cute with the chick graphic added.

finished display 1

And there it is!

Finished display 2

Very simple! Very colorful! A bit elegant! AND inexpensive! How great is that!

I plan to keep this display up through Easter. Then I plan to create an April in Paris display! I promise to share!

Enjoy!

11 One-Hour DIYs To Make Your Entryway Pop

11 One-Hour DIYs To Make Your Entryway Pop

My mom always told me it is very important to make  a good first impression. This is not only true for our personal first impression but also our homes. We always want to make certain our guests are given a warm welcome when the come to our home. You want to make your entryway welcoming without having to spend a fortune doing it. Hmm! A challenge! Fortunately, House Beautiful has create 11 simple DIY projects designed to help you create a warm welcome to your home. Now your only problem is choosing one! Enjoy!

Warm Welcome

Bringing Books to Life: 10 Tips to Get Kids Reading

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It makes me sad to hear a kid of any age say they don’t like to read. I believe the problem is either they have trouble reading (practice helps with this) and/or they haven’t yet found books they like. There are so many books available for kids today on a variety of subjects. I believe it is ALWAYS possible to find books any child will enjoy. To help you with your non-reader. Redbook has put together 10 tips to get the young reader in your life going!

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14 Overnight Mason-Jar Breakfasts

14 Overnight Mason-Jar Breakfasts

We all know we should eat better & part of that plan is starting the day with a nutritious breakfast. Unfortunately, life often gets in the way once again. The mornings are so rushed, you barely have time to grab a cup of coffee before you are off & running. You consider getting up earlier or preparing something the night before but it just doesn’t work out. You need something convenient to get you started right in the morning. Country Living & Redbook offer the solution.

These fabulous breakfasts in a jar are simple & fun to make & very easy to take along in the morning. You can put them together the night before & grab it before heading out the door in the morning. Pack that little jar with all the nutrients you need to start you day off right. Before long, you will feel a difference in your day. Use one of these recipes to get started, then begin creating your own. Your whole family is going to want one of these delights. You can create them in a plastic container for kids but the mason jars allow you, & others, to see your fabulous creation! Enjoy!

Mason-Jar Breakfasts

102 Container Gardening Ideas

I can,t say enough about the benefits of gardening. It’s good for the body, mind & spirit. It adds color to anywhere in your yard or home. No matter where you live or the size of your space, you can add a garden to brighten your life. Southern Living also knows the power of gardening & agrees that ANYONE can have a garden. To prove their point, SL shares 102 container gardens. You can find something for the sun or shade, with flowers or without, in a variety of colors to brighten your home throughout the summer & even into the cold of winter! Enjoy!

Contrainer Gardens